About the Girl Chorister Course
Our goal is to offer a residential chorister experience that replicates that of the Saint Thomas boy choristers – live, learn, play and sing together. Their raison d'etre is to provide music of the highest caliber to praise God in the worship services of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. During the course, the girls sing two treble evensongs and the sung Sunday Eucharist with the gentlemen of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
In 2005, Music Directors in the New York area expressed interest in joining together to form a chorister experience of the highest caliber for girls. The Choir School was delighted to offer space, resources and experience to the endeavor. Since then, the Choir School has proudly taken full ownership of the course and developed a schedule and musical standard parallel to that of the boys during the academic terms. In 2008, the course expanded to nine days. In 2011, the Course will begin on Saturday, July 30th and conclude on Sunday, August 7th.
Two distinguished female Organists & Directors of Music share the musical direction of the course. Both hold prestigious positions in the United Kingdom and are mentors and role models in every way for the young women who participate in the course.
Sarah Baldock was educated as a music scholar at St. Paul's Girls' School in London, and as Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge, she won top prizes in the RCO diploma examination and a bursary for postgraduate study. She was a finalist in the 1998 Calgary International Organ Competition and prizewinner at the 2000 Odense and 2002 Dallas International Organ Competition. Sarah is a popular soloist in the UK and abroad. In 1998 Sarah founded the Girls' Choir at Winchester Cathedral, U.K. and abroad.
In 1998, Sarah moved to Winchester Cathedral where she founded the Girls' Choir and in 2002 became Assistant Director of Music. In 2008, she took up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral, as the first woman to lead the music program in a major cathedral in the U.K.
Sarah MacDonald came to the UK from her native Canada in 1992 as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge after studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She was appointed Director of Music in Chapel at Selwyn College in 1999, and is the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel. Sarah has taught organ and conducting for Eton Choral Courses, the Oundle School for Young Organists, and courses run by the Royal College of Organists. Sarah has played numerous recitals and made several recordings and has conducted choirs on tours throughout the UK, Europe, the MIddle East, New Zealand, and Canada. A winner of the RCO Limpus Prize, Sarah is also a Fellow of the RCO.
OUTSIDE THE MUSIC ROOM
We want the girls to benefit from the distinctive experience of living in the Choir School and therefore have created a varied schedule of events, classes and activities. We recognize that living in the heart of New York City is an experience like no other and have therefore made a balance between activities which take place inside the school (like our gala candle lit awards banquet and Pizza and movie nights) and those which take place outside the school walls (like sighting-seeing trips & Broadway shows).
Applications will be available on this site from November through April, If you have questions about the course, please contact Ruth Cobb, firstname.lastname@example.org.